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LGBT Center Of Raleigh Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Leadership Development, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.

Results: Too many to name!

Target demographics: the LGBTQ community and Allies

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10000 people

Geographic areas served: Raleigh

Programs: SAGE Raleigh, Youth, Triangle Plus, Allies, Trans* Initiative, and many more.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have something called the world wide web to use to interact and discover my sexuality and didn't see the value of a center in some urban area, being a bridge and tunnel. But after I volunteered at the center, I realized that there's still value in meeting someone face to face. Also if we look at the corporate world, while there's talk of the white collar being able to work remote, some companies like IBM want those who previously worked remote to come back to the office. Real connections aren't made digitally, they're made when you see the person and embrace them. The LGBT center has been my home where I don't just see people of my community, I embrace my family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coming from a family who is not supportive of me being gay this center and the group's associated have made me feel welcome and like I can be myself. And that is truly one of the best feelings there is. I've been to several of the events and I always have a great time. Also the library is great. I definitely recommend anyone who is LGBTQ or an ally to stop by.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most caring, accepting place I have ever had the pleasure of spending time. There are so many good things about the LGBT Center ... the wide range of programs, the phenomenal library with a huge collection of books and dvds, the comfortable facility, sponsorship of Out! Raleigh, free HIV/STI testing open to the public, etc ... but the absolute best thing is the people. James and Kelly have created a safe oasis where people can just relax, breathe, and know that they are accepted and welcome. Seeing my friends at the center is the highlight of my week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places in the state! So welcoming, it's like a second home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express what this Center does for the community. From the programming, the safe space itself, and the opportunity to meet fellow LGBT friends and supports. The program managers are tireless in their pursuit to offer quality opportunities. The Exec. Dir. and Assistant ED are fully committed and knock it out of the park. I would encourage anyone to visit the LGBT Center of Raleigh and experience the excellence for yourself. There is no reason to be lonely in The Triangle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh gives a voice and a presence for LGBTQIA individuals in the Triangle community. It also offers a safe space for our community members, especially the youth. The programs are excellent and make the best efforts to be mindful and supportive to all of our community. The annual OutRaleigh event is amazing and not to be missed if you are in Raleigh during the first weekend in May. Volunteering at the Center and for OutRaleigh has made me feel more connected to my community. I get back more than I give, every time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center is a great resource for the LGBT Community and their allies. Everyone is welcome. I hope you join us for some coffee, and educational event, or just to say hello!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center is a wonderful educational resource and a great place to meet people and learn from other LGBT folks and allies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the LGBT center! Everyone there is always very nice, welcoming and nonjudgmental. There are always fun and interesting events going on. And the library is great and has tons of LGT books for all interests.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely excellent! I only wish we could stay longer when visiting. Thank you for being such a great place to come connect with community and access an incredibly library. Here's to many more years!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center is an amazing place for not only the LGBTQ+ community, but for all who need a place that is accepting and loving! I always feel safe and welcome when I am there. The staff and volunteers go out of their way to make sure the community have a place to turn to! James and Kelly are tuly amazing individuals!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for The LGBT Center of Raleigh. Their programs and supportive services are extremely valuable to our community. I have been a volunteer there since January 2016 and it has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It feels so good to share in the positive and affirming atmosphere.

Jack64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for the LGBT Center for almost 2 years now. It has been an amazing experience. The staff works incredibly hard and so do the volunteers. Everyone is lively and the atmosphere is incredible. Never mind donating my time to be with these wonderful people and work for such a great community.

Laura154

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the LGBT Center of Raleigh! They are one of the best places to hang out in Raleigh and heard some great stories.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is literally my favorite place to go in Raleigh. I love that I can walk in the Center and always feel like I belong. Something that is too rare in life. There is always someone to talk to who sees things a little (or a lot!) different from myself and i find that the conversations I have on the weekends make me think all through the week. The sharing of minds that goes on here is phenomenal sometimes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far the most welcoming community I've ever have the pleasure of meeting and becoming a part of. Even as an allie I've never felt this welcomed. THANK YOU LGBT center of Raleigh for the awesome work you do every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The center is a great place to find information and resources for the LGBT community and allies.

Daniel120

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The center has been an amazing way for me to get involved in ways I never thought I could. It has also helped me love my identity and to be confident with who I am and for what I believe in. I love the center and everyone connected with it

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The center has truly been a safe space for me since moving to NC. I have met a few people and have visited a couple of programs in the past six months. I have had nothing but a positive experience. They offer a great number of programs as well as resources. After moving to NC I need help with finding a healthcare professionals. Their website has an extensive list of resources which was impressive.

Lora4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the LGBT Center of Raleigh since November of 2015 and just love spending my Sunday's there! Everyone there puts their heart and soul into the place. There has never been a time that I have not felt loved and welcomed. It has been a joy to be a part of everything they are doing for the community and I hope to continue doing my part for as long as I can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to the center because of my teenage daughter. The people were so welcoming and affirming, we instantly felt at home. I enjoy volunteering there as often as my schedule allows. I've met some really great people and feel safe and comfortable there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center is one of the most welcoming places and helpful resources. The staff will drop everything to help people in need, they are always available to stop and talk to and are just some of the nicest people I've ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first interaction with the center came when I was new to the state. Not knowing anyone, I was nervous the first day I walked in, but have since found everyone to be incredibly helpful and welcoming.